Tuesday October 28, 2014

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson, and Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein announced today that the Obama Administration has approved Individual Assistance (IA) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster funds for Napa County residents impacted by the August 24 earthquake. The Obama Administration also approved U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loans for homeowners, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. The Obama Administration had previously only approved FEMA disaster funds for Public Assistance (PA). “We are very grateful to Senators Feinstein and Boxer and Congressman Thompson for coming to Napa, seeing the damage first-hand, and understanding how important it is to provide assistance to homeowners and businesses,” said Mayor Jill Techel. “They told our story in Washington and didn’t give up, and now our community will get the help it needs to move forward with recovery.”

The FEMA IA funding for individuals and families is to help rebuild and repair housing and other personal property. The Small Business Administration (SBA) loans is to help businesses repair or replace disaster-damaged property, inventory, and supplies. Homeowners and renters may also be eligible for SBA loans to repair or replace disaster-related damages to homes or personal property.

Individuals in Napa County can register with FEMA the following ways:

  • www.DisasterAssistance.gov
  • Apply via smartphone at m.fema.gov
  • Call the registration phone number at 1-800-621-3362; those who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

Businesses and homeowners that would like to apply for SBA loans can do so online at: http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/loans-grants/small-business-loans/disaster-loans. “We are proud of the collaborative work of County, City and State officials to make the case for Individual Assistance on behalf of our residents,” said Mark Luce, Chairman of the Napa County Board of Supervisors. “We look forward to FEMA’s assistance in coordinating the delivery of aid.”

LINKS

Direct link to the FEMA webpage in Spanish: http://www.disasterassistance.gov/es

Links to documents on the FEMA Site:

Disaster Assistance Fact Sheet
English: http://www.disasterassistance.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/Factsheet_EN_2.pdf
Spanish: http://www.disasterassistance.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/Factsheet_ES.pdf

Application Checklist:
English: http://www.disasterassistance.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/DAIP_Disaster_Survivor_Applications_Checklist_English_508.pdf
Spanish: http://www.disasterassistance.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/DAIP_Disaster_Survivor_Applications_Checklist_Spanish_508.pdf